Onslow Bay Marine Surveying
William Robinson, SAMS-AMS, NAMS-CMS.   Yacht & Small Craft Surveyor and Consultant.   

910-547-8077 onslowbaymarine@gmail.com

Hiring a Marine Surveyor

Once you hire a surveyor, he or she ONLY works for you and no one else.
The Surveyor is there to protect YOUR interests.

Anyone can him or herself a Marine Surveyor and start a business. You’ll want to make sure they have membership in accrediting organizations that require members to meet strict professional, technical, and ethical standards. Below is a list of questions you should ask a prospective surveyor before hiring: 

  1. Are you a member of SAMS® (The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors) or NAMS® (The National Association of Marine Surveyors)? 
  2. Are your reports accepted by insurance companies and lending institutions?
  3. Do you use ABYC, NFPA and USCG standards in your surveys?
  4. Are you insured to conduct a survey?
  5. What does the survey include and what type of reporting format is used?
  6. What is the scope of your survey and inspection?
  7. What systems do you test? Which tests cost extra?
  8. What inspections are performed on the sea trial?
  9. Do you use a moisture meter to look for moisture in the hull and topsides?
  10. Have you attended educational classes to stay current in the marine industry?
  11. How long is the turn around time for the report?
  12. How much will the inspection cost? How long will the on-board inspection take?

A thorough inspection will not be rushed. How long it takes will depend on the type of survey required based on vessel size, equipment, and on-board systems.


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There may be additional costs for services available outside the typical marine survey including, engine surveys, oil analysis, galvanic and stray current corrosion testing, ultrasonic testing, and moisture testing. 

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